Parc Center for Disabilities, Caregiver Relief Services

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St. Petersburg, FL

Innovative and Exemplary

Parc Center for Disabilities, Caregiver Relief Services, in existence 12 years, serves children birth through 18 years with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities, mental health or behavioral conditions, chronic illness, special medical needs, and/or diagnosed trauma. Qualifying families at or below 300% of the poverty level receive 15 to 35 hours of in-home respite monthly, at no cost to them. The program’s whole-family approach works to reduce caregiver stress and support family stability. Enrolled families are further supported by a formal crisis planning process that is comprehensive in scope and includes ongoing practical support to help families avert emergencies. The program’s evaluation approach focuses on performance measurement in real time to address the changing needs of families experiencing difficult life circumstances. The program’s evaluation method incudes a proprietary evaluation tool; measures of caregiver stress; measures of wellbeing of the child receiving services and their siblings; ongoing documentation of client communication, and written records for all home-visits. Data is reviewed twice monthly, or more often if necessary, so that adjustments and adaptations to services can be made as needed to support families, in real time.